AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 5/27/2004 07:58:00 AM ----- BODY: Close Call - Can you imagine what would have happened if this man had become president of the United States?
[President Bush] decided not to honor the Geneva Convention. Just as he would not honor the United Nations, international treaties, the opinions of our allies, the role of Congress and the courts, or what Jefferson described as 'a decent respect for the opinion of mankind.'
Wow. And this is only the third paragraph of Gore's speech. The prisoners have, as a whole, been treated humanely. No U.S. soldier has yet been accused of torturing or killing an Iraqi soldier. The abuses at Abu Gharib were sickening, but isolated. International treaties? Does Gore honestly think the Arab world hates us because we didn't ratify Kyoto? Would a treaty have prevented September 11? After Hitler invaded France, Neville Chamberlain realized his mistake. A treaty didn't prevent World War II, and one will not prevent against terrorist attacks. After all, it's a piece of paper that represents trust between nations acting in good faith. The enemy we're fighting has already shown a willingness to abuse our good will and hospitality, and a disregard for normal rules of war. Would some signatures on a piece of paper change an entire culture? Opinions of our allies - As always, read allies as France and Germany. Gore would have been willing to subordinate our national security to the whim of foreign elites. Thank God this man didn't become president. Role of Congress and the courts - Congress voted overwhelmingly for war. The courts are a necessary part of the Patriot Act. Or has Gore, like so many, just not read it? A decent respect for the opinion of mankind - Meaning, Al Gore and MoveOn.org.
He did not honor the advice, experience and judgment of our military leaders in designing his invasion of Iraq. And now he will not honor our fallen dead by attending any funerals or even by permitting photos of their flag-draped coffins.
Screw you, Al. What a sickening line this is. Gore and his minions have no problem using the military dead as a club with which to beat the president. The rule on coffins was instituted during the Clinton administration, and Gore knows it. That makes his words all the more outrageous. His use of this particular rhetorical point shows he's not interested in actual political debate - he just wants to score points. Pardon the strong language, but what a miserable bastard.
The long successful strategy of containment was abandoned in favor of the new strategy of 'preemption.'
Yeah, containment worked so well in the past. Check an encyclopedia. Look under "Chamberlain, Neville." Also, containment doesn't prevent a ruler from funding terrorist attacks (which Hussein did), bribing world leaders (which Hussein did), developing nasty weapons (like sarin gas) or murdering his own people (again, Hussein did). The new isolationism is on the left, it seems.
A policy based on domination of the rest of the world not only creates enemies for the United States and creates recruits for Al Qaeda, it also undermines the international cooperation that is essential to defeating the efforts of terrorists who wish harm and intimidate Americans.
Here we go again. International cooperation = France, Germany. When has France ever cooperated with the United States against terrorists? Or does Gore not remember April 1986 and the bombing of Libya? Who didn't let us use their airspace? The lack of international cooperation didn't begin with the Bush administration, and it won't end with the Bush administration. If you want to see domination, by the way, look at France's treatment of its African colonies. Did they get UN permission to send troops into the Ivory Coast?
In December of 2000, even though I strongly disagreed with the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to order a halt to the counting of legally cast ballots, I saw it as my duty to reaffirm my own strong belief that we are a nation of laws and not only accept the decision, but do what I could to prevent efforts to delegitimize George Bush as he took the oath of office as president. I did not at that moment imagine that Bush would, in the presidency that ensued, demonstrate utter contempt for the rule of law and work at every turn to frustrate accountability.
Bitter much? Let's all remember that Gore only 'accepted' the decision when it was apparent that he had lost. Since then, his bringing up of Florida at every opportunity does plenty to delegitimize the presidency of George Bush. Gore has completed his transformation from statesman to Ted Rall cartoon. If Gore were a more sympathetic figure, it would be sad to watch. After what Gore said yesterday, and his attitude saying it, I'm not exactly feeling sympathetic toward the former vice president. What I'm feeling is more along the lines of contempt. --------